Wednesday, 7 October 2015

MADE: Green Lentil and Bean Burgers

All you'll need to make around 4 large patties:
1 tin kidney beans
1 tin other beans (butterbeans, mixed beans, whatever...)
1 lemon, juice only
2 tsp chilli flakes
1/2 red chilli, chopped
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
6-8 fresh basil or parsley leaves, chopped
1 cup green lentils
1 red onion, diced
5 tbsp buckwheat flour
1/2 courgette, diced
A drizzle of oil

Serve with...
Sweet potato fries and salad
Lettuce and tomato as a bun with Guac
Or just in a burger bun with a bit of garnish.

Warning: not a recipe that will result in clean hands once the patties are formed!!

First things first, preheat your oven to 180 (fan) and line a baking tray with baking foil. If you're making sweet potatoes I'd get them chopped and boiled for 5-10 minutes now as they'll take at least half an hour in the oven.

Option one for making the patties - throw the list of ingredients into a food processor or one of these until things are smooth. You'll need to cook boil your lentils in a saucepan for around 10 minutes first though. And once they're done and blended with everything, your flour will be added at the end  to thicken the ingredients as everything'll be a bit sloppy now.

Option two - pretty much the same as before BUT add your diced courgette and onion after everything else has been blended. This is quite nice for a bit of texture.

Whichever way you do them - once you've got your mixed ingredients, put a little flour into your hands and rub together. The mixture will stick to your hands so this kinda helps.

Form your patties by taking a small handful of the mixture and shaping it into a circle. I've also tried shaping them into balls before, kinda like falafel and it works well. Put your patties onto your pre-lined baking tray and into the oven for 15-20 minutes. You'll also need to flip them over half way through.

Whilst they're cooking, prepare your sides - whether it's a nice bowl of guac, a side salad or just plating up your burger bun and condiments.


  1. Oh yum... That looks amazing! Do you find the patties stick together well? I ask because I always have trouble getting stuff to stay in one piece! Ha!

    1. I find I have to 'squidge' them together every now and again while they're cool, but all in all, they're not too bad!